Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt insists that Hurricane Harvey has nothing at all to do with climate change and for anyone to say otherwise is “opportunistic” and “misplaced.” Because f*ck science.
Speaking during an interview with Breitbart’s Alex Marlow, Pruitt was asked what he thought about the “left-wing media’s” recent attempts “to make this seem like it’s climate change, that climate change is responsible, it’s actually America’s fossil fuel consumption that’s caused this tropical storm.”
Pruit said he had been too “focused” on the response to the disaster to really pay much attention to what the media was saying. But Marlow wasn’t satisfied with this answer.
“What would you say, theoretically, if they challenged you and they said that ‘this is something that has only taken place because of climate change,’ what would be your response?” Marlow pressed.
Pruitt’s response is enough to make anyone who actually believes that science is real want to rip their hair out.
“I think at this point to look at things like this and to talk about a cause and effect really isn’t helping the people of Texas right now,” Pruitt responded. “And that’s our response, that should be our response, that we want to work together with Texas to ensure that people have safe drinking water, and power’s back on, and we see the right response by each of the federal agencies.”
“So, I think for opportunistic media to use events like this to, without basis or support, just to simply engage in a cause and effect type of discussion, and not focus upon the needs of people, I think is misplaced.”
Despite Pruitt’s remarks, the agency he heads up apparently does believe in that whole science thing even though EPA employees have been instructed not to use the words “climate change.”
In a press release, the EPA explained that “rising global average temperature is associated with widespread changes in weather patterns. Scientific studies indicate that extreme weather events such as heat waves and large storms are likely to become more frequent or more intense with human-induced climate change.”
The study cited in the press release specifically referred to “Heavy Precipitation” events: “In recent years, a higher percentage of precipitation in the United States has come in the form of intense single-day events. The prevalence of extreme single-day precipitation events remained fairly steady between 1910 and the 1980s but has risen substantially since then. Nationwide, nine of the top 10 years for extreme one-day precipitation events have occurred since 1990.”
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